Monday, May 20, 2013

Shabby Chic White Bedside Tables

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Hello!

I hope you've been able to enjoy a relaxing weekend. The weather here in Sydney was beautiful once again. We spent time in working the garden and I did a lot of sewing - table cloths and cushions. We even had a kid-free evening on Saturday - a couple of hours anyway. One kid was at a party and the other went to friends' for dinner so Phil and I went to a little wine bar in Rozelle for a few mojitos and some bar food (although I must be getting old as I was shocked by the price of the drinks - $64 for the four mojitos. WTF?) I glad we don't go out drinking very often! But it was very nice to be out, just the two of us, in a different environment. I think time like that, even a couple of hours, keeps your marriage fresh, doesn't it? 


After drinks, we strolled along hand in hand to the little section of shops halfway between Rozelle and Balmain and checked out the windows of Malcolm's Antiques, No Chintz, Quintessential Duck Egg Blue etc. Beautiful stuff but expensive.  Shop rents are so very high around here, I'm not surprised that the stuff the shops are selling are expensive also... I recently looked at a little shop for lease near the kids school a while ago but they wanted $40,000 a year in rent and it's not even in a major shopping area - 4 little shops and a couple of cafes next to a small park so not much shopping traffic...and so I continue to just sell my stuff from home and the internet.


shabby chic white painted bedside tables for sale Sydney Lilyfield life
shabby chic white painted bedside tables for sale Sydney Lilyfield life

Last week I painted these two bedsides tables but I thought they were a bit plain. The gorgeous Sandy from Paint Me White was here at my house on Friday afternoon/evening so I asked what she thought and she said to distress them. So over the weekend I shabbied them up and I'm happy with them so they are now for sale.  They are well made and in good order. Three spacious drawers that are on timber runners.


shabby chic white painted bedside tables for sale Sydney Lilyfield life
shabby chic white painted bedside tables for sale Sydney Lilyfield life

By the way, have you read Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie - I read it a few years ago and really recommend it for a different perspective on life. Right up my alley.

shabby chic white painted bedside tables for sale Sydney Lilyfield life

Sandy was in Sydney for some work on Friday - she is so busy now with her new painting and shop ventures that I'm not sure how she is keeping it all together but she is doing so well. Phil came home on Friday night and said he was a bit scared when he walked in that she and I might have painted everything that didn't move in the house.  We just laughed and said, no we'd been chatting too much.  it was so good to spend some time with her. Love that woman!


shabby chic white painted bedside tables for sale Sydney Lilyfield life
shabby chic white painted bedside tables for sale Sydney Lilyfield life

I also spent some time painting some beautiful frames that I'm making into chalkboards and they'll be for sale soon. I have a lot of little things, old boxes, frames, hooks etc that I'll be selling soon, so if you are in the market for some pretty things stay tuned.

In the meantime do you know anyone who wants some shabby chic white bedside tables?

Fiona xx

shabby chic white painted bedside tables for sale Sydney Lilyfield life

Details:
Bedside tables - my parents, they were stained a dark mahogany colour
Primer: Zinsser waterbased Bullseye 123
Paint: Dulux Whisper White
Top Coat: Howards Wax n Feed
Jug: Ikea
Ampersand: Typo
Glass Lantern: The Works, Bed Bath n Table
Original Art work by John Downton

BTW The painting is a bit damaged as you can see by the photos, does anyone know how I can fix it - the canvas board got wet.

9 comments:

  1. The bedside tables look great! It's amazing what a fresh coat of white paint can do and I like the patina you added

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  2. the tables look wonderful and I'm sure they will be snapped up. How lovely for you to have a fellow paint nut over for a visit...sounds like good times.
    Bec x

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  3. I can imagine it would be very tempting to have a little boutique shop however if you are doing fine selling from home, stay where you are I say! You have more freedom from home. Lovely work on the bedside tables and lucky you for having Sandy as a friend - I bet she has a wealth of information to share.

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  4. Just fabo ...they look great...I'm sure yr dear Mama would have loved the work you did to imbue them with a new lease of life. Really looking forward to your hooks, been going crazy looking for suitable ones. So dislike the very naff ones around..... Keep up the great makeovers Fiona. It's such a pleasure to visit here. Katerina.

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  5. Looks really lovely Fi, and your photos are so pretty.

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  6. these are so sweet! i love their feet and the distressing is perfect!

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  7. The bedsides are lovely, and the tree painting is so beautiful - so Australian. I hope you can repair it. Thanks for sharing. I love seeing your furniture.

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  8. They look great Fiona. I'm so pleased you got to have some time to yourselves. Life gets busy.
    That rent is ridiculous!! No wonder so many small businesses are shutting their shop doors and going online. It's so sad.
    Hope you are having a lovely week.
    Ness xx

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  9. They are beautiful Fiona, bet they find a new home soon.

    I'd love to visit your shop one day :)

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